The best thing about Indian weddings is that you get to eat lots of Indian sweets, or “mithayi.” Personally, I have always loved barfi a little more than the other sweets. It is not overwhelmingly sweet, and it instantly melts in your mouth. Milk burfi, also known as “barfi” or “mithai,” is a popular Indian sweet made with milk solids and sugar syrup. It is a traditional dessert popular during special occasions and the festive season. You can make this milk barfi recipe in a variety of flavors and top it with a variety of dry fruits. It is a delicious and rich treat that is enjoyed by people of all ages.
What is Barfi or Burfi?
Traditional recipes for milk barfi involve simmering milk and sugar over low heat until the mixture thickens and solidifies. You can then shape it into diamonds or squares and allow it to set. You can serve it at room temperature or chilled, and enjoy it with a cup of tea or coffee.
History of Barfi?
Milk barfi, is a type of Indian sweet or dessert made from condensed milk and other ingredients. It is a popular choice for special occasions and festive seasons in India. You can trace the history of milk barfi to the Mughal period in India, where it originates. At that time, royal cooks made milk barfi with full-fat milk. They cooked it over a low flame for a long time, until the milk solids caramelized and the mixture thickened. Today, barfi is often made with whole milk powder, or condensed milk, and is flavored with cardamom and other spices. It is typically in diamond or square shapes and garnished with nuts, edible silver leaf, or edible rose petals. It is popular in sweet and mithai shops across India, and enjoyed as a treat or a dessert after meals.
Milk barfi is popular during special occasions and festive seasons in India and is easily available in sweet shops. You can store it in airtight containers at room temperature for a few days, or in the refrigerator for longer. It is a popular choice for gifting during the festivals and you can enjoy it with a cup of chai (tea).
Types of Barfi
There are many burfi recipes and variations of milk barfi, including coconut burfi, besan barfi (made with gram flour), pista barfi (pistachio burfi), badam barfi (made with almonds), and chocolate barfi. These variations include adding coconut, gram flour, pistachios, almonds, or chocolate to the basic milk barfi recipe. Some variations also include other ingredients, such as condensed milk or whole milk powder. You can also make barfi in a microwave oven with full cream milk powder or full-fat milk powder.
Milk barfi is a delicious and traditional Indian sweet that is popular around the world. It is relatively easy to make, and you can customize it to suit different preferences and tastes by using different types of dry fruits and flavorings.
Ingredients for Milk Burfi Recipe
A fine full fat milk powder is the main ingredient in the milk barfi mixture.
Ghee is a type of clarified butter commonly used in Indian cooking, added to the barfi mixture for flavor and richness.
You need sugar as a sweetener to make the syrup for the barfi mixture
Water or Milk
Water or Milk is used to dissolve the sugar and create the syrup for the barfi mixture
Cardamom is a fragrant and beautiful spice used to add flavor to the barfi mixture
A floral-scented water used to add a hint of floral flavor to the barfi mixture (optional)
Pistachio is the most common nut used as a topping for the barfi, Any other dry fruit or nut can work.
Edible silver leaf or rainbow sprinkles
Optional toppings used for decoration (optional)
Cooking Directions For Indian Barfi Recipe
I cannot wait until you taste this heavenly homemade barfi. Now that we have our list of simple ingredients, let’s get cooking. Follow these steps with pictures to learn how you can easily make barfi at home.
First, melt the ghee over low heat in a heavy bottom pan.
Then add the milk and stir until it is well combined with the ghee.
Now add the powdered milk and stir to combine.
Add fine granulated sugar to the mix.
Now mix it all well and combine.
Stir continuously over low heat until the mixture starts to leave the sides of the pan and becomes thick and gooey. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
Add the cardamom powder and rose water (if using) to the mixture and stir well.
Pour the mixture into a greased or parchment paper-lined baking tray and smooth the top with the back of a spoon or silicone spatula.
Sprinkle the chopped pistachios and any other desired toppings (such as silver leaf or rainbow sprinkles) over the top of the mixture.
Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, and then cut it into diamond shapes or any other desired shape using a sharp knife.
Store the barfi in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. Enjoy as a sweet treat on its own or as part of a spread of Indian sweets during festive occasions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Barfi is a type of Indian sweet that is made with milk solids, sugar, and ghee (clarified butter). It is often flavored with cardamom powder and rose water and may also include a variety of dry fruits such as cashews, almonds, and pistachios.
To make barfi, add ghee, milk, milk solids (powdered milk) and sugar syrup or sugar are and heat them in a heavy-bottomed pan over a medium to low flame until the mixture comes together and forms a soft dough-like consistency. Then pour the mixture into a greased or lined baking tray and spread it out evenly using a rubber spatula. You can also shape it into diamond shapes using a sharp knife. Once the mixture has set, cut it into small pieces and garnish with edible silver or gold leaf, rose petals, or rainbow sprinkles.
The main ingredients for barfi are milk, milk solids (powdered milk), sugar, and ghee (clarified butter). It is often flavored with cardamom powder and rose water and may also include a variety of dry fruits such as cashews, almonds, and pistachios.
Yes, you can store barfi at room temperature in an airtight container for a few days. You can also store it in the refrigerator for a longer period of time.
Yes, barfi is popular during special occasions and festive seasons in India, such as Diwali, Holi, and weddings. It is a popular choice for gifting during the festival season, and people often enjoy it with a cup of chai (tea).
Some common variations of barfi include coconut barfi, besan burfi (made with gram flour), pista barfi (made with pistachios), badam barfi (made with almonds), and chocolate barfi. You can easily make these variations by adding coconut, gram flour, pistachios, almonds, or chocolate to the basic barfi recipe. You can also include other ingredients, such as condensed milk or whole milk powder, in place of or in addition to milk solids.
Yes, you can make barfi in a microwave oven by following a milk powder barfi recipe and using full cream milk powder or full-fat milk powder as the main ingredient.
Some popular choices for dry fruits in barfi include cashews, almonds, and pistachios. Other options include coconut, raisins, and dried apricots.
Yes! This recipe is gluten-free. You can make other variations of barfi with gluten-free ingredients by using a gluten-free flour such as almond flour, coconut flour, or gram flour (besan). It is also important to use a gluten-free sugar syrup and make sure that any other ingredients are also gluten-free as well.